Organic Indigo Wedding Inspiration

white king protea

When dreaming up the gorge winter shoot we’re sharing today, photographer, Chandler, of To Wander & Seek + stylist/florist, Amy, of The Conservatorie Floral & Design knew one thing: there would be no pairings of red + green – the color combo we seem to get a bit bombarded with each year immediately following Halloween. The girls wanted to inspire winter brides + grooms-to-be, and all those throwing a holiday dinner or party, to think outside of the box and try a more natural color scheme.

They went with soft greys, velvety blues and pine tree green – remembering that winter is already naturally filled with these beautiful colors. Then, they amped up the elegance + coziness factor with faux fur capelets for the bridesmaids, silk plant dyed ribbons and table runners from Silk & Willow, and lots of comfy blankets + textiles.

indigo wreath invitation

tulle skirt bridesmaids

The ‘maids are wearing the sweetest tulle skirts from the immensely talented Alexandra Grecco. And how much do you adore those WHITE protea bouquets? We’re in major love.

protea bouquets

white king protea

dusty blue tulle skirt

Sara of Modern Classic Beauty gave the girls a slightly retro look that fit in perfectly with the setting of the shoot.

white king protea

white king protea

tulle skirt bridesmaids

white king protea

tulle skirt bridesmaids

indigo aisle florals

indigo winter inspiration

white king protea

Gah, the florals. We can’t get over ’em!

tulle skirt bridesmaids

indigowinter-styled-16

indigo winter centerpiece

white king protea

indigo blue table number

indigo winter inspiration

The tablescape featured an emphasis on the color indigo, with lots of texture + pretty greenery artfully strewn about. We think this would make a pretty Christmas dinner tablescape, don’t you?

indigo wreath menu

indigo winter inspiration

indigo winter centerpiece

drink menu

indigo winter cake table

blue cake

We’re not sure we’ve ever seen cakes that look as delish as these babies by Sweet N’ Flour! We’re all about that organic look that actually tastes amazing, rather than just looks it!

chocolate drizzled wedding cake

winter inspired wedding cakes

indigo winter inspiration

Who else is in the holiday spirit now? A big thanks to the lovely team below for showing us how a gorgeous winter setting, with a natural indigo-inspired color palette, can be achieved with just a couple of key elements!

photography: To Wander & Seek // planning + design: The Conservatorie Floral & Design // venue: St. Augustine Ice Plant & Distillery St. Augustine, Florida // florals: The Conservatorie // desserts: Marisa from Sweet N’ Flour // makeup: Amanda Hopcraft // hair: Sara Jane of Modern Classic Beauty // ribbons + table runner: Silk & Willow // tulle bridesmaids skirts: Alexandra Grecco // paper goods: Smitten On Paper // groom’s outfit: Banana Republic // wedding gowns: The White Magnolia // mink coats: Christe Blue

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GallerySmitten on Paper is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Gorgeous Bridal Jewelry from Max & Chloe

Gorgeous Bridal Jewelry from Max & Chloe

When it comes to accessorizing for your wedding day, we get it: you want to LOOK like a million bucks without spending your entire paycheck on a few jewelry pieces. For the price-conscious bride who doesn’t want to compromise style, we’d love to introduce Max & Chloe. Max & Chloe offers a gorgeous selection of expensive-looking bridal jewelry that’s actually super budget-friendly – making them the perfect place to pick up the finishing touches for your bridal ensemble. But just because their pieces won’t break the bank doesn’t mean the quality suffers either. In fact, offering exceptional customer service, quality jewelry, fast delivery and the best pricing is what Max & Chloe is all about and, in turn, what makes them stand out from the rest of the pack.

So, what’s the Max & Chloe philosophy? They think mixing fine jewelry investment pieces with trendy fashion baubles is the best way to build an incredible jewelry collection. We can’t help but agree. So why not start your personal collection with the perfect piece (or two) for your wedding, like these pretties (our faves from M & C!) below…

Bridal Jewelry from Max & Chloe

1. Blu Bijoux Faux Rock Crystal Open Cone Bangle // 2. Blu Bijoux Gold with White Hexagons Bib Necklace // 3. Blu Bijoux Crystal Gold Teardrop Earrings // 4. Blu Bijoux Open Black Triangle Ring // 5. Blu Bijoux Gold Asymmetric Open Work Bib Necklace // 6. Blu Bijoux Glamour Cuff

Bridal Jewelry from Max & Chloe

7. Genevive By CZC White Topaz Double Round Drop // 8. Genevive by CZC Round Circle Cubic Zirconia Bracelet // 9. Genevive by CZC CZ Small Round Brushed Drop Earrings // 10. Genevive by CZC Star Spangled Bangle // 11. Genevive by CZC Rock Crystal Sparkle by the Yard Necklace // 12. Genevive by CZC Rose Gold and CZ Hexagon Drop Earrings

Jewelry from Max & Chloe

13. Carolee Gold Multi-Color Pearl And Crystal Sphere Necklace // 14. Carolee Gold And Crystal Horseshoe Pendant Necklace // 15. Carolee Gold And Emerald Cut Crystal Royal Redeux Drop Pierced Earrings // 16. Carolee Gold and Pearl Teardrop Earrings // 17. Carolee Silver and Wrapped Pearl Bracelet // 18. Carolee Gold and Pearl Popcorn Necklace // 19. Carolee Gold Black And Pearl Clip-On Earrings

Jewelry from Max & Chloe

Max & Chloe also carries a ton of beautiful, personalized jewelry pieces, under $200, that make perfect bridesmaid gifts! And Max & Chloe is generously sharing a discount code with GWS readers, giving them 20% off when ‘maxandchloe20′ is entered at checkout. Save on the perfect piece for your big day (or maybe something for the holidays or NYE!) from December 8th, 2014 through December 15th, 2014.

Happy shopping, ladies!!

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Cotton-filled Cali Barn Wedding: Heather + Freddie

Dana Powers Barn wedding

Today’s wedding is sure to inspire everyone who, like us, loves a good, rustic barn wedding! Heather + Freddie took it up a notch, though, by playing up the romance factor + incorporating lots of unique + fun details. Cotton was incorporated into the pretty florals and throughout the setting, handpicked vintage finds gave the space a cozy feel. Family + friends pitched in where they could, too: the ceremony backdrop was handmade by Heather’s aunt + her sister, Hillary, did the girls’ hair + makeup. Below, let’s hear a bit more from Heather about how she + Freddie kicked off the planning process:

I had found a venue in a Flea Market Style magazine and we fell in love with it when we checked it out. When we booked the Dana-Powers Barn (in Nipomo, California) we knew we wanted our day to be different from any other barn wedding. We wanted it to scream Heather and Freddie. Which meant everything had to come from an antique show/shop or look like it was old and falling apart! It’s how we roll.

Thanks so much to Mirelle Carmichael for these gorgeous photos and congrats to Heather + Freddie on a super pretty day!

floral invitation

halo engagement ring

bridal trailer getting ready

Tinker Tin Trailer Co. set up a custom photobooth complete with fun, vintage props for guests to enjoy!

bridal trailer getting ready

bouquet

And we LOVE the florals by April Flowers! Heather carried a lush bouquet filled with cafe au lait dahlias and lots of texture + the guys wore bouts made of cotton boutonnieres + greenery bits.

cotton boutonniere

Ivy & Aster wedding dress

maxi bridesmaids

barn bridesmaids

Ivy & Aster wedding dress

We think that little ‘vows’ book is one of the sweetest things! You can find it here or in the GWS Shop!

vow booklet

barn groomsmen

Dana Powers barn wedding

Dana Powers barn wedding

ring bearers

Heather told us one of the things she loves most about Freddie is that he is kind + generous and his laugh is contagious :) She also said she is grateful that he not only accepted her for who she is, but also welcomed her two boys into his heart with open arms. That’s what it’s all about!

Dana Powers barn wedding

rustic door backdrop

Dana Powers barn wedding

Dana Powers barn wedding

rustic wedding party

groomsmen

rustic wedding party

rustic wedding party

We love, love the bridal party look. (But, really, can ya go wrong with breezy maxi for the girls + suspenders for the fellas?)

Shop their looks + the wedding day decor, which you’ll see in a sec, in our shopping guide below:

maxi dress bridesmaids

Dana Powers barn wedding

Dana Powers barn wedding

Dana Powers barn wedding

maxi dress bridesmaids

Dana Powers barn wedding

Dana Powers barn wedding

iced tea lemonade bar

tag escort cards

The handmade reception space H + F created looked like it was plucked right out of a fairytale. Heather tells us, All of our chalkboards and wood pieces were purchased at Remnants of the Past Antique show and were written on by me! We used old cash register numbers for our table numbers and window panes with handmade tags for our seating chart. Our guest book was a collection of our engagement photos gathered together in an album.

Dana Powers barn wedding

chalkboard wedding sign

dinner menu

oil favors

Dana Powers barn wedding

writing on vintage mirror

Dana Powers barn wedding

calligraphy cake topper

vintage cake bar

Dana Powers barn wedding

My advice to brides who would like a similar wedding is...Be YOU! We got a lot of input from outside sources but we stayed true to our style and we loved every minute of it! Be sure to add personal touches that are special to you. We spend ALOT of time at Disneyland. Our welcome sign to our guests said "To all who come to this happy place...Welcome" which was a part of Walt Disney's speech on opening day. It was "us". Remember that this day is a day to represent who you are as a couple.

I found that I planned every detail about 9 months in advance. And when the time came...I wasn't stressed! Try to do as much as you can before all the partying begins!

Remember to enjoy it. Its only one day! Soak it all in and give lots of kisses to your new husband!

photography: Mirelle Carmichael // planning + design: Judi Powers // venue: Dana-Powers Barn Nipomo, California// florals: April Flowers // vintage rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals // videography: Cheryl Tivar // catering: Trumpet Vine // hair + makeup: The Powder Room // wedding gown: Ivy and Aster // photobooth: Tinker Tin Trailer Co.

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